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Game 155 WPA: Just forget this one. Nats lose, disruptive action off the field overwhelms disappointing action on the field

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There was a game today, remember? Well, maybe best to forget it. Gio struggled, the bullpen struggled, the Nats scored a few runs, but not enough.

Sorry, den Dude, you had a good game, but we have to memory-hole it.
Sorry, den Dude, you had a good game, but we have to memory-hole it.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Where do I even start? Gio Gonzalez (-29.0%) strikes out three and walks two, but both walks are with the bases loaded to lose the lead at the end of his 5 IP.
  • Let's work on OBP for the rest of the lineup: Ian Desmond (+18.8%) hits a solo shot to give the Nats an early lead with two down in the 1st (+12.3%), which Matt den Dekker (+28.3%) promptly doubles with his own monster solo bomb to CF in the next AB (+10.6%).
  • Battling back: Jose Lobaton (+7.0%) makes his one hit of the day count, driving in a go-ahead run in the 7th for another brief lead (+10.8%).
  • Giving it back: Casey Janssen (-30.6%) gives the lead right back in the ayeth, giving up a game-tying, two-run home run to earn a meltdown (-31.2%).
  • Tired: Jonathon Papelbon (-39.4%) melts down on the field, too, giving up the go-behind two-run bomb (-42.7%) and loading the bases with a walk and HBP, among other things, before being (finally) pulled.
  • Lowlights: Bryce Harper (-13.8%) is 0-4 with 2 LOB to trail Nats' hitters in WPA.
  • Let us always remember today as, "that game where den Dekker went 4-4": I would be remiss not to note that den Dekker went 4-4 on the day with a double and three runs scored to go with his dinger.

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